A Moment Apart album cover by ODESZA. Photo by: ODESZA
A Moment Apart album cover by ODESZA. Photo by: ODESZA

A Year of Defiant Music

The year of 2017 has been filled with chart-topping hits and misses. Throughout the year artists released expressions of work that mirrored the state of the world around them.

Each year we go through and select a group of ten albums that grabbed our attention the most. Overall we look for creativity, strength, storytelling, and originality.


This year we saw several creative projects that could not all be added to the list, but we support artists that dare to express themselves.

Browse over our top ten list, and check out the YouTube Playlist below.

  1. ODESZA – A Moment Apart
  2. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Emancipator – Baralku
  6. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence
  7. Alison Krause – Windy City
  8. Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
  9. Gorillaz – Humanz
  10. Cold War Kids – L.A. Devine

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.